Granny’s Spaghetti Sauce and Spaghetti Squash
By :Danielle Walker
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This is my great-grandmother's sauce recipe that has been passed down and perfected over many generations. I have added a few paleo modifications, but really didn't have to change much! What sets her sauce apart are the secret ingredients – bone-in pork chops and cinnamon! The pork chops, which you might find unusual, simmer with the sauce and create an unbeatable flavor that can outdo any store bought sauce! The original recipe is made in a pot and simmered for 3 hours, but I have converted it to an Instant Pot recipe with an Instant Pot Spaghetti Squash version for you when you are short on time!
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Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Ground Beef, Onion, Tomato Puree
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 pound pork chops bone in
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 26.5 ounce tomato puree 1 box or jar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 sprigs fresh parsley chopped (or 1/4 cup dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Difficulty Medium
Browse Category Meat
Duration 1-2 hours
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook, Sauté
Main Ingredient Ground Beef, Onion, Tomato Puree
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 pound pork chops bone in
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 26.5 ounce tomato puree 1 box or jar
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 sprigs fresh parsley chopped (or 1/4 cup dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Spaghetti Squash
  • 1 medium sized spaghetti squash
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt
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Instructions
  1. Cut the squash in half and remove all the seeds with a spoon.
  2. Put 1 cup of water into the Instant Pot. Place squash cut side down in the pot with a steaming rack.
  3. Close the lid and set to manual or pressure cooker high pressure for 10 minutes. ip-script content='[ { "operation": "Preset", "preset": "Manual", "message": "CountDown", "sound": "LongBeep", "holdPressure": "High", "adjust": "Normal", "duration": 10 } ]' />
  4. When the timer goes off, release the pressure manually and remove the lid.
  5. Release the “noodles” by dragging the fork lengthwise along the spaghetti squash with a fork.
  6. Place noodles in a bowl and toss with olive oil and salt. Cover and set aside while the sauce cooks.
  7. Set the Instant Pot to high sauté mode.
  8. Place the olive oil in the pot. Add the pork chops and brown well on all sides. Remove the pork chops with tongs and set aside.  Add the ground beef and brown it for 5 to 7 minutes. It does not need to be cooked all the way through. Add the onion and garlic.
  9. Return the pork chops to the pot. Add tomato puree, tomato paste, honey, oregano, salt, basil, and pepper. Stir to fully incorporate sauce and meat in the pot.
  10. Secure the lid and set the Instant Pot to Meat/ Stew (or manual) high pressure and for 25 minutes . ip-script content='[ { "operation": "Preset", "preset": "Manual", "message": "CountDown", "sound": "LongBeep", "holdPressure": "High", "adjust": "Normal", "duration": 25 } ]' />
  11. Once the timer goes off, allow the pressure to release naturally. Open the lid and reserve the pork chops for another use.
  12. Stir in the parsley and cinnamon. Serve the sauce hot over the cooked spaghetti squash noodles. Garnish with fresh parsley.
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